U.S. Open of Surfing begins final events
The U.S. Open of Surfing began its final weekend of events Saturday before most non-surfers managed to roll out of bed.
Qualifying heats for the U.S. Open will consume most of the morning until the juniors hit the water for their heats and final event later in the afternoon.
By 12:45 p.m., five BMX pro teams led by some famous names from last week’s X Games will run one of their two jam sessions in the Open’s course full of sloping black ramps. The scores of each jam session are combined with three-minute video segments that the team’s have been creating and perfecting all week. Team leaders such as Garrett Reynolds and Dennis Enarson will lead three-man teams in the contest. Reynolds won gold in BMX Freestyle Street for the fourth time July 31 at the X Games, and Enarson took silver in the same event.
The day will close with the Open’s skate competition -– Coastal Carnage -– which will hold its qualifying event to set up the final on Sunday. Coastal Carnage is a little less structured than last weekend’s X-Games competition; it combines 30 invited skaters into a jam-format contest, throwing all the skaters into a giant blue bowl and letting them loose.
-- Matt Stevens in Huntington Beach
Photo: Tanner Gudauskas cuts off the lip of a wave in a qualifier for the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open of Surfing. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times